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PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Dr Peter Brand
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

Public Health: Councillor Rita Stringfellow, Chairman, Social Affairs and Health Executive, and Mr John Ransford, Head, Social Affairs, Health and Housing, Local Government Association, Mr David Panter, Chief Executive, Hillingdon Primary Care Trust and Mr Chris Town, Chief Executive, Peterborough Primary Care Trust, NHS Confederation, were examined.

Mr Tony Elson, Chief Executive, Kirklees Metropolitan Council, and Dr Chris Veal, Acting Director, Public Health, Kirklees, Calderdale and Kirklees NHS Health Authority, Mr Ken Jarrold CBE, Chief Executive, and Dr John Woodhouse, Director, Public Health, County Durham and Darlington NHS Health Authority, Dr Jenny Griffiths, Chief Executive, and Dr Edmund Jessop, Director, Public Health, West Surrey Health Authority, Mr Neil Goodwin, Chief Executive, and Dr Ann Hoskins, Director, Public Health, Manchester Health Authority, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 14 December at Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Siobhain McDonagh
Mrs Marion Roe

The Committee deliberated.

John Austin declared a non-pecuniary interest in relation to the Committee's inquiry into Public Health as a Member of MSF Trade Union.

Public Health: Dr Iona Heath CBE, Chairman, Medical Ethics Committee and Health Inequalities Task Group, and Dr Graham Archard, Member, College Council, Royal College of Practitioners, Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, Public Health Lead, and Dr Phillip Crowley, Community Action on Health, Newcastle upon Tyne, NHS Alliance, Ms Pat Jackson, Professional Officer for School Health and Public Health, and Ms Obi Amadi, Lead Professional Officer, Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors Association, were examined.

Dr Peter Tiplady, Chairman, BMA Committee, Public Health Medicine and Community Health (England), and Dr Alison Rylands, Consultant, Public Health Medicine, Wirral Health Authority, British Medical Association, Ms Jenny Gough, Public Health Health Visitor, Wolverhampton and Mrs Jane Nash, Policy Adviser, Royal College of Nursing, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 11 January at half-past Nine o'clock.

THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Howard Stoate

In the absence of the Chairman, John Austin was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Mrs Bryony Soper be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into Access to NHS Dentistry.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That Dr Neil Brooks be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into Rehabilitation: Head Injuries.—(The Chairman.)

Public Health: Ms Shirley Goodwin, Deputy Director, Health Strategy, Hillingdon Health Authority, Mr Graeme Betts, Director of Social Services, London Borough of Hillingdon, Mr Terry Kelly, Head, Healthy Hillingdon, London Borough of Hillingdon, Ms Valerie Little, Director, Health Planning, Sandwell Health Authority, Mr John Goalby, Public Health Worker, Walsall West Health Action Zone and Mr John Parkes, Voluntary Worker, Pool Hayes Community Association, Walsall, were examined.

Mr Mark Blake, Executive Director, Blackliners, Ms Teresa Edmans, formerly Community Health Co-ordinator, Redbridge and Waltham Forest Health Authority and Dr Faduma Haji Hussein, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 18 January at a quarter to Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 18 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mr John Gunnell
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Professor David McLennan be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into Rehabilitation: Head Injuries.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Special Report, (The Committee's Work, Sessions 1997-98 to 1999-2000), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 17 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Public Health: Mr Len Almond, Director, National Centre, Professor Stuart Biddle, and Mr Bob Lavenure, Associate Consultant, British Heart Foundation and Mr Andy Worthington, Council Member, Sport England, were examined.

Kate Hoey, a Member of the House, Minister for Sport, and Mr Harry Reeves, Head, Sport and Recreation Division, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 31 January at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Dr Peter Brand
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Mr Stephen Hesford
Siobhain McDonagh
Mrs Marion Roe
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

Public Health: Rt Hon Alan Milburn, a Member of the House, Secretary of State for Health, and Yvette Cooper, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Public Health, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 5 February at a quarter to Four o'clock.

MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 15 February at Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Dr Peter Brand
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Mr John Gunnell
Siobhain McDonagh

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That Mrs Sandra White and Professor Carol Black be appointed as Specialist Advisers to assist the Committee in its inquiry into The Provision of Information by the Government relating to the Safety of Breast Implants.—(The Chairman.)

Access to NHS Dentistry: Mr John Renshaw, Chairman, British Dental Association, Mr Alan Ross, Chairman, General Dental Practitioners Association, Mr Clive Bosley and Dr Judith Husband, Dental Practitioners, were examined.

Mr Geoff Scaife, Chief Executive, and Mrs Ros Hamburger, Consultant, Dental Public Health, Birmingham Health Authority, Ms Thelma Holland, Chief Executive, and Mr Adrian Tyas, Operational Services Manager, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Authority, were examined.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, a Member of the House of Lords, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dame Margaret Seward, Chief Dental Officer, and Miss Helen Robinson, Branch Head, Dental Services, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 8 March at half-past Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Dr Peter Brand
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Mr John Gunnell
Mr Stephen Hesford
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 15 March at Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 15 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Dr Peter Brand
Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

Head Injury: Rehabilitation: Mr Kevin Curley, Chief Executive, Headway—The Brain Injury Association, Mrs Angela Hicks, Mr Peter Wheeler and Ms Jenny Garber, were examined.

Dr Lynne Turner-Stokes, Director, Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Mr John Pope, Chief Executive, The North West Hospitals Trust, Dr Keith Andrews, Director, Medical & Research Services, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Putney and Dr Brian Moffitt, Medical Director, St. Andrews Hospital, Northampton, were examined.

Yvette Cooper, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Public Health, was further examined, Dr Sheila Adam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Judy Sanderson, Team Leader, Neurological Disability Services, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 19 March at half-past Three o'clock.

MONDAY 19 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Dr Peter Brand
Mr Simon Burns
Mr John Gunnell

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report, (Access to NHS Dentistry), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 48 read and agreed to.

Annex read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select Committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several Memoranda were ordered to be reported to the House.

Another Draft Report, (Public Health), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 242 read and agreed to.

Annexes I to IV (paragraphs 243 to 261) read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select Committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several Memoranda were ordered to be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Thursday 22 March at Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

Mr David Amess
John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Siobhain McDonagh
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

The Provision of Information by the Government relating to the Safety of Breast Implants: Professor Roger Sturrock, Chairman, Silicone Gel Breast Implants Independent Review Group, was examined.

Mr Paul Balen, Partner, Head of Personal Litigation, Freethcartwright Solicitors, Mrs Rose Irwin, and Miss Brenda Livsey, Action Against Silicone Gel—UK and Maxine Heasman, Founder, The Breast Implant Information Society, were examined.

Gisela Stuart, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dr Pat Troop CBE, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Dr Susanne Ludgate, Medical Director, Medical Devices Agency, Department of Health, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 March at a quarter-past Eleven o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair:

Mr Simon Burns
Mrs Eileen Gordon
Mr John Gunnell
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report, (Head Injury: Rehabilitation), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 87 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Third Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several Memoranda were ordered to be reported to the House.

Another draft Report, (The Provision of Information by the Government relating to the Safety of Breast Implants), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 72 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several Memoranda were ordered to be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Thursday 5 April at half-past Ten o'clock.

THURSDAY 5 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr David Hinchliffe, in the Chair

John Austin
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Eileen Gordon
Dr Howard Stoate

The Committee deliberated.

The Committee adjourned.

 
 
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